- Salim Rizvi
- From New York to the BBC
More than a week after the death of Indian-origin woman Mandeep Kaur in New York, it has not been decided whether her death was a suicide or not.
Meanwhile, Mandeep Kaur’s body has been kept in a funeral home in New York’s Richmond Hill area and there is a controversy surrounding her funeral.
Mandeep Kaur’s family wants her last rites to be performed in India. While Mandeep Kaur’s husband Ranjotbir Singh Sandhu wants to perform his last rites in America itself.
But as the police investigation is yet to determine whether Mandeep Kaur committed suicide after being fed up with her husband’s domestic violence and harassment, the custody of Mandeep’s body and her two young daughters is legally binding to her husband It has only been achieved.
Her husband no longer lives at Mandeep Kaur’s home in the Richmond Hill area. Relatives of the family have explained that the police have asked her husband not to stay at home for security reasons. That is why Mandeep Kaur’s husband with the two girls is currently living in an anonymous place.
A lot of children’s toys can be seen scattered around the front of the house.
People who live nearby are shocked by this accident, but most of them hesitate to talk about this accident.
A neighbor, without giving names, said that “it is a very sad accident and whatever the problem, the situation should not have reached this point”.
Not two had died on August 1st
According to family members, 30-year-old Mandeep Kaur hanged herself with her sardine on August 1.
A video said to have been recorded by Mandeep Kaur before the hanging in which she is seen crying and crying over being tortured by her husband.
In the video, Mandeep Kaur said that her husband was beating her and now she couldn’t take it anymore. It is said that after this he committed suicide by hanging.
However, in an interview to a digital channel in America, Mandeep’s husband said that the video that went viral on social media is five years old and their married life was very good.
After coming to America from India in 2018, Mandeep Kaur lived with her family in a rented apartment upstairs in Giani Ranjit Singh’s house in the Richmond Hill area.
Ranjit Singh is now a close relative of Mandeep Kaur’s family who is now handling all matters related to this accident.
Giani Ranjit Singh says about Mandeep Kaur’s death, “When I came to know on August 1 that Mandeep tried to commit suicide, at the same time our relatives reached his house and hanged Mandeep in a noose made of sardine. They found him, he was quickly shot down and he was alive at the time. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance. But he died on arrival at the hospital.”
Although Mandeep Kaur’s family in India has told BBC Hindi that Mandeep Kaur died on August 2. In this situation, it is quite possible that the next day he would have received the news.
Ranjit Singh says that he had even earlier helped take the domestic case between Mandeep Kaur and her husband to court, and later Mandeep Kaur withdrew the case against her husband.
Mandeep’s husband is a truck driver. Mandeep’s family members say that he used to torture Mandeep Kaur by making her bear the responsibility of not having a child. And he was telling Mandeep that he had to ask his family members for thousands of rupees.
question about the funeral
Meanwhile, another video has surfaced in which a man is seen assaulting a woman. The woman is said to be Mandeep Kaur and her husband is told to beat her. And the sobbing sounds of small children are also heard in this video.
Mandeep Kaur’s family in India wants her husband arrested immediately by the NYPD and her two young daughters, ages 6 and 4, sent to their maternal grandparents in India.
Sanjeev Jindal and Sukhjinder Singh Nijjar are also among those who assisted in government action on behalf of Mandeep Kaur’s family in New York in this case.
These people are in constant contact with the family and co-operation is being done with the police in the case of Mandeep Kaur and help is also being received from other officials and the Indian Embassy etc.
It is also their effort that Mandeep’s parents get a visa to come to America from India so that they themselves can arrange Mandeep Kaur’s funeral etc.
Sanjeev Jindal says, “The biggest problem we have is that we have not even received a preliminary report from the police in this case. The investigation definitely takes time, but now it is more than a week since the accident happened, but the police still aren’t. able to decide whether to call it a suicide or hold someone responsible.”
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department told the BBC about this: “There is no update yet. Please contact the medical examiner regarding the cause of death.”
When contacting the medical examiner’s office, there is no update as of this writing. Meanwhile, concerns are being raised in the Sikh community and also among people of other South Asian origins over the delay in the police investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, there is concern in the Sikh community for the safety and future of Mandeep Kaur’s children.
Sukhjinder Singh Nijjar says the investigation should be done properly, but emphasis should also be placed on taking care of Mandeep Kaur’s two young children and securing their future.
Sukhjinder Singh Nijjar says, “Some of the videos that are coming out are also old. I want there to be a full investigation in this matter and all sides should be heard. Justice should be done in this case and whoever is responsible. this should be punished.” We know. But now we have to take care of two small children and their future.
A debate has now started in the South Asian community on how to help victims of domestic violence in a timely manner so that accidents like Mandeep Kaur do not happen.
Concerns of the Asian community
Sukhjinder Singh Nijjar says, “Now we have created some groups to increase awareness about these cases among people and immediately help people who are suffering from domestic violence or any other social problem by informed people.”
Many human rights organizations and people from the South Asian community are also participating in the demonstrations in New York to get justice for Mandeep Kaur and to raise their voices against domestic violence. Organizations like Sakhi, Maanvi, Jahazi Sisters and Desi’s Rising Up and Moving o Drum are among the organizers of the protests.
Jessica, who lives in Mandeep Kaur’s neighborhood, also wants Mandeep Kaur to get justice. Jessica said: “I understand that women have equal rights too and they shouldn’t be treated like that. Men should respect women. Men should not be involved in any cases of domestic violence. It affects children too much. It’s important”.
Adrià, who lives nearby, is also saddened by the tragedy: “It’s sad. And above all, domestic violence should not be done at all. It’s absolutely wrong. Women should be respected.”
The Indian Embassy in America and the Consulate in New York are also working with the Sikh community in this matter. All eyes are now on the New York Police Department, whether it declares Mandeep Kaur’s death in this case a suicide or even decides who is responsible for it.